Malloy Proposes Cutting Medicaid Program That Many See As Cost Effective – Hartford Courant

A Medicaid program designed to help keep intellectually or physically disabled patients out of nursing homes and institutions is on the chopping block in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy‘s budget proposal — a move that advocates and family members said they find baffling.

“It keeps people where they want to be the most — at home, and it saves everyone money,” Erin Mahoney, 37, of Bristol, said of Community First Choice program, where Medicaid patients hire their own in-home aides at a lower rate than governments pay agencies for the same services.

Mahoney’s mother, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, was just approved this week to have personal-care attendants come to her home to assist Mahoney and her father in tending to her mother.

Otherwise, in time, “she would absolutely be in a nursing home at triple the cost,” Mahoney said.

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